The Abita Springs Busker Festival (née Louisiana Busker Festival) is taking place this year on Sunday, April 19 just north of the lake in downtown Abita Springs. This free festival features some of the best local talent that you can catch on the streets of the French Quarter and around the country at various times of year. This year's lineup includes veterans The Smoking Time Jazz Club, Tuba Skinny, The Deslondes, The Longtime Goners, and more.
WWOZ has partnered with local independent movie theater Indywood for a series of screenings. Coming this Sunday, April 12 at 7pm, is "Ornette: Made in America," a documentary about free jazz pioneer and Pulitzer Prize winner Ornette Coleman.
French Quarter Fest is rapidly approaching; this year's festival will be happening from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday April 12. WWOZ will be there broadcasting live for those of you who can't make it in person.
With less than three weeks to go, check out these lesser-known facts about one of New Orleans' biggest and fastest growing festivals:
Irvin Mayfield, Jr.'s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) has found its permanent home at the New Orleans Jazz Market at the corner of Oretha Castle Haley and MLK Blvd. in the old Gators department store building.
The 2015 Freret Street Festival is happening on Saturday, April 4 from 11am-5pm. Free to attend, the festival has three stages with local music, plus over 150 local vendors, a food court, and pet adoption stations. It runs the length of Freret Street between Soniat and Napoleon. This year's full music lineup is below.
The famous Music Box is taking a ride--or an airlift, to be more precise. The interactive kinetic musical structures are on the move! The musical houses will be landing at various sites around New Orleans for the rest of the year, hosting performances, artist talks, educational workshops, and free hours where members of the public can play and interact with the structural instruments.